By 1979, when this program was first broadcast on KPFA, Phill Niblock’s loft in the SoHo district of New York City, had become the site of a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music. These concerts were then packaged into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled “Concerts by Composers” and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This first program in the series, narrated by composer Ned Sublette, features music by Tom Johnson, Warren Burt, and Niblock himself. The first piece is by Tom Johnson and is scored for nine alarm bells, suspended from the ceiling in a three-by-three grid approximately six feet apart, which Johnson strikes in a mathematically determined pattern. Mixed with the ringing of the bells is the sound of Johnson’s footsteps as well as any ambient traffic noises that filters in through the loft’s open windows. The second work was recorded on Dec. 19, 1978 at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, as Niblock’s loft was known, and features the composer Warren Burt on homemade electronics tuned in just intonation. The last composition heard in this program is by Niblock and features flutist Eberhard Blum accompanying himself on prerecorded and amplified tapes. Each work is introduced by the composers as well as additional commentary by Ned Sublette. The production and distribution of this program was originally funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, & the Beards Fund.
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